The clash to decide which potential Champions select
The Super League regular season will, more than likely, be decided tonight at Headingley as the Leeds Rhinos clash with St Helens.
The League Leader's Shield, or the minor premiership if you're of antipodean stock, is something to go in the trophy cabinet but it's not what these or any other Super League teams set out to win at the start of the season. It's all about the Grand Final - win that and you are Super League Champions.
St Helens know this more than most. They've won the league for the last four seasons but only lifted the Super League trophy once in that period in 2006 and have lost the last two Grand Finals to Leeds, the team that finished second.
Regardless of the fact that Leeds are on much better form, have only one injury in the shape of Danny Buderus who they've managed without for nearly half the season and are playing their last game in front of what will be a massive Headingley crowd, the Rhinos will win this because Saints might not really care.
The odds compilers favour Leeds pricing them at odds of 1/2 to win in 80 Minutes or 10/11 giving up a six-point handicap. On a normal day I'd favour St Helens to get within that margin but not tonight. They won't let themselves get embarassed but the 6/1 for Leeds to win by 11-15 points stands out.
With the new play-off format, both teams (first and second) get the "second bite of the cherry", i.e. can lose their first game or go straight to week three if they win. The advantage is that the higher placed team gets to select their opposition at the Qualifying Semi-Final stage - no-one's entirely convinced whether that's a good thing yet.
Our Rugby League Podcast regulars, Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor are, as we've come to expect, disagreeing over the outcome of tonight's game and discuss everyone of the weekend's games.
You can get yourself a free bet on tonight's live clash of the Super League titans too